A new network of electric car chargers forecourts are launching in the UK which will offer rapid charging.
The Electric Forecourts being designed and built by GRIDSERVE are aiming to bring the same experience petrol stations do to ICE vehicle owners to EV owners.
The 100 charges will deliver paid charging, ‘low cost’ energy to a range of electric vehicles for both fleet and private vehicle owners.
There will be different zones tailored to both private and fleet vehicles, such as taxis, buses, delivery vehicles and heavy goods vehicles.
The majority of vehicles plugged into the network will be able to take less than 30-minutes to recharge.
There will be a range of facilities including a coffee shop, fresh food, convenience supermarket, and airport-style lounge with high-speed internet.
This will improve the journeys of electric car owners which will require them to park up and stop for an extended period of time.
It is a £1billion programme which involves the company building new solar farms to supply the Electric Forecourts with clean, low-cost energy, and installing multi-megawatt batteries to provide grid services that support the rapid uptake of EVs and additional renewable energy capacity.
A set of rapid electric car charging points will be introduced in the UK
Construction is scheduled to start on the first sites later this year including at York and Hull, where GRIDSERVE is building the UK’s most advanced solar farms.
Toddington Harper, CEO and founder of GRIDSERVE, said: “We plan to make charging electric vehicles as easy as using petrol stations.
“The latest generation of electric vehicles are awesome, and ready for mainstream adoption, but drivers still worry about if or where they can charge, how long it will take, and what it will cost.
“We plan to eliminate any range or charging anxiety by building a UK-wide network of customer-focussed, brand new Electric Forecourts® that will make it easier and cheaper to use an electric vehicle than a petrol or diesel alternative.
There will be ultra rapid charging points available
“Within five years we plan to have more than 100 Electric Forecourts in use, with each supported by solar energy and battery storage.
“This infrastructure will accelerate the electric vehicle revolution, serve the grid, and help the UK meet climate and clean air targets.
“We are partnering with operators of fleet vehicles, developers, financiers of vehicles and infrastructure, EV manufacturers, retailers, local authorities, and others who share our vision.”
The rapid charging will offer a rate of up to 500kW for cars and light commercial vehicles – the world’s fastest – offering less than 10-minute charge times.
The forecourts will offer shopping and restaurant facilities
There will also be megawatt chargers for buses and heavy good vehicles and up to 24 ultra-fast charging abs for cars.
To minimise waiting times, and allow customers to be able to reserve charging slots in advance a new queuing system will also be introduced via a mobile app. This app will also play a central role in loyalty and referral schemes that will reward people with Road Miles.
Christopher Burghardt, Managing Director, Europe, ChargePoint, said: “The electric mobility revolution is upon us and ChargePoint continues to work to help create an open and accessible network that enables drivers to enjoy an effortless charging experience everywhere they live, work and play throughout Europe.
“ChargePoint is committed to collaborating with partners like GRIDSERVE to build out the EV charging network of tomorrow and make driving electric vehicles more accessible and seamless than ever.
“GRIDSERVE’s Electric Forecourts bring the driver experience to the fore, which will be the key to make electric travel throughout the UK easier.”
The Electric Forecourts® have been designed and engineered in partnership with Arup. Ricky Sandhu, Lead Designer, Arup Architecture and Senior Consultant at Arup, said: “It is vitally important that we transition quickly to sustainable, clean new modes of transportation and energy production.
“Arup is extremely proud to be supporting GRIDSERVE in their mission to provide state-of-the-art, sustainable, new electric charging infrastructure – the Electric Forecourt® – for our growing populations.
“Our sense of responsibility for the built environment and our commitment to shape a better world by leveraging new technologies, and sustainable energy, combined with of cutting-edge design makes for a perfect partnership with GRIDSERVE.”
Graham Stuart MP said: “As well as creating jobs and prosperity, these projects will reduce bills and deliver huge benefits for the environment.”